• Which was first, Matter or Force? If we think on this question, we shall find that we are unable to conceive of matter without force, or force without matter. When God created the elements of which the earth is composed, He created certain wondrous forces, which are set free and become evident when matter acts on matter.

    Michael Faraday, Sir William CROOKES (1860). “A course of six lectures on the various forces of Matter, and their relations to each other ... Edited by W. Crookes. With numerous illustrations”, p.3